South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry

South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry
The South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry is managed by Pearson Vue.
PO Box 13785, Philadelphia PA 19101-3785
Phone: (800) 475-8290 for general questions and license renewal.
South Carolina Nurse Aide Abuse Registry
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 545-4205 for license suspension or revocation questions.

How do I become a certified nurse aide in South Carolina? One has two options to become a certified nursing assistant in this state. The first way is to challenge and pass the state certification exam. The second route is to apply for reciprocity. Certified nurse aides moving to a state other than North Carolina can use the process of reciprocity to transfer an existing certification. North Carolina does not accept reciprocity or listing transfers from another state. To be listed on the North Carolina CNA registry, you must either complete a state-approved Nurse Aide I training program (or comparable) and pass the competency examination; or just pass the state-approved Nurse Aide I competency test. What knowledge does one need to challenge the South Carolina nurse aide state exam? All the knowledge and skills needed to pass the nurse aide exam are thought to students enrolled in a nurse aide class. Every state approved nurse aide training program will prepare you for state certification. There is help available for those who can not afford the tuition and associated costs of a nursing assistant course. What you need to do is locate a Medicaid certified nursing facility in South Carolina who is willing to sponsor you to become certified. When a nursing home sponsors an applicant, the facility pays for the entire cost associated with the nurse aide training program, and provides employment once you become certified as a nursing assistant.

CNA Registries in the United States

Select an area from the map below to find addresses and phone numbers for Nurse Aide Registries in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia as well as links to online nursing assistant registries if available.

Nursing Assistant Registries

Should you know about your state's nursing assistant registry? Absolutely. A state's nurse aide registry serves important functions for any certified nursing assistant as well as for those looking to become certified. An individual who has finished a nursing assistant training program and has passed the state competency exam becomes listed on the CNA registry. Employers check the registry listings to confirm that a potential employee satisfies the training and testing requirements to obtain a nursing assistant job. To work as a certified nursing assistant, your status on the CNA registry must be active, without any charges of resident abuse, neglect, or misappropriation. It is important to update your name and address on the registry. By doing so, your information is current and you are able to receive important documents sent by the registry.

For example, renewal forms are mailed to the address you have provided to the registry. You will not receive the certification renewal forms unless your address on the registry is accurate. One of the most frequent questions we get is how to get a copy of a CNA certificate. The nurse aide registry is in charge of issuing a duplicate of your nurse aide certificate and to obtain a copy you need to contact them. A nursing assistant certificate is typically reprinted when the original has been lost, accidentally destroyed, stolen, or when the individual has changed their name. The nurse aide registry is also the entity in charge of revoking a nursing assistant's certification in cases of neglect, abuse, or misappropriation of a client's property. In such cases, an individual's name is permanently listed on the registry along with the specific findings.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Misty on August 09, 2009 at 01:37 AM
I am in North Carolina and about to get my CNA certification, but will need to transfer it to South Carolina soon. Can I do that?


Admin on August 09, 2009 at 05:38 PM
You should have no problem transferring your certification OUT of North Carolina. Here is the form you need to complete and submit: South Carolina Nurse Aide Program Reciprocity Application. Good luck!


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Being a Successful C.N.A

Besides knowledge and proficiency there are many qualities which define a competent CNA. Our list includes the answers of residents, families, and those of experienced nurse aides who have been in the health care field for an extended period of time. Most of the qualities listed below represent the reasons and motivational factors driving new individuals to become certified nurse aides.


A competent CNA shows support for others, as well as patience, compassion and empathy. To become a good nursing assistant one needs to understand the meaning of being a team player. An effective nursing assistant learns to become a good listener who cares about and understands the needs of the residents, has a helping nature and a positive attitude. Both patients and co-workers appreciate a smile, an upbeat personality, as well as someone who takes pride in their work. A nurse aide job requires good organizational skills, patience, good judgment, and effective communication.

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